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Flood Control: North Yorkshire

Volume 464: debated on Monday 8 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to review the allocation of flood protection funds in Pickering. (156541)

Capital funding is allocated by the Environment Agency to individual projects by applying a prioritisation system to all proposals on a national basis.

The Environment Agency will consider the priority of the proposed flood alleviation scheme for Pickering in light of the flooding this summer, however they do not expect it to change significantly.

The Environment Agency is working with Ryedale district council to look at lower cost options to reduce flood risk in Pickering, such as home owners installing flood barriers to doors. The Environment Agency is also working closely with the town council which intends to develop an emergency flood plan for the town in addition to setting up a flood warden scheme.